Koch Brothers Target Solar Industry

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 8:30 am

It was kind of inevitable wasn’t it? After annihilating the movement to regulate carbon emissions the fossil fuel industry, most prominently Koch Industries, is going after the solar industry. The Koch Brothers have partnered with large utilities to rollback programs to incentivize the use of renewable energy. Of chief concern are programs that help the [...]

Commerce Department Puts Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels, But Loophole May Render That Irrelevant

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 10:45 am

The Commerce Department imposed slightly lower but still robust tariffs on Chinese solar panels, alleging that subsidies undercut US prices and violate international trade laws. The Commerce Department issued its final ruling Wednesday in a long-simmering trade dispute with China, imposing tariffs ranging from about 24 to nearly 36 percent on most solar panels imported [...]

Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:33 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico [...]

Mass Blackout in India Heralds Need for Energy Diversity

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:59 pm

The biggest power failure in the history of the world is happening in India at the moment, affecting a whopping 600 million people, over half of the country. A blackout on Monday was thought to be fixed on Tuesday, but ended up metastasizing and growing throughout the day. While the numbers sound massive, keep in [...]

Commerce Department Slaps Large Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels

By: Friday May 18, 2012 6:23 am

Neoliberals and conservatives will get to trot out their favorite phrase, “trade war.” And to be sure, there’s a jobs vs. environment question to be asked about this latest move by the Obama Administration. But the Commerce Department has moved ahead with slapping high tariffs on Chinese solar panels: The United States on Thursday announced [...]

Commerce Department Hits Chinese Solar Panels With Token Tariff

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 10:21 am

If you ask people who actually know about Solyndra, they will tell you that the solar manufacturer went out of business due to cheap imports of the same technology from China. This drove down profit margins in the industry, and Solyndra couldn’t compete. Overall, the macro implication of this means cheaper solar panels for the [...]

Cantor Unveils Plan to Fight Tax Cuts with Tax Cuts

By: Monday February 20, 2012 8:55 am

With the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions completed to the end of the year, most observers don’t expect much action in Congress until the November elections. The fact that you can say that on February 20 is quite sad, but it also happens to be the truth. This Congress has shown no ability [...]

Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half

By: Friday January 27, 2012 12:56 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new bill out to kill fossil fuel subsidies that come in the form of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Instead, Sanders would redirect those funds to generate 10 million solar roofs in America, which would create installation jobs and significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption. “We’ve got to [...]

Wind, Solar, Mass Transit Threatened By Expiring Year-End Measures

By: Tuesday December 20, 2011 12:14 pm

The President showed up unscheduled at a White House briefing today to excoriate House Republicans for fouling up a Senate deal on a stopgap measure to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits and a doctor’s reimbursement fix. He said that “This is not poker, this is not a game for the millions of Americans [...]

Buffett Purchases $2 Billion Solar Farm in California

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 12:13 pm

Maybe Warren Buffett’s purchase of a California solar farm will finally force a recognition of the potential of solar energy from an economic standpoint. Since the dissolution of Solyndra, oil-besotted conservative lawmakers have dismissed this potential, saying that the industry was simply unprofitable. When Buffett makes an investment, that becomes a harder sell: Buffett’s MidAmerican [...]

White House Orders Review of Energy Department Loan Guarantees

By: Monday October 31, 2011 8:15 am

Despite much harrumphing and now a subpoena for documents, I get the distinct sense that the alleged Solyndra “scandal” is strictly an inside-the-Beltway story, with no resonance in the wider world. People in the streets across the country aren’t calling for more due diligence in Administration loan guarantees on energy programs. Nevertheless, late last week [...]

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